TV Show Reviews
"Star" review by Suzanne
Premieres Wednesday, 12/14 on FOX
This show is about a tough young woman named Star (Jude
Demarest), a foster kid, who has a lot of drive, ambition,
talent and attitude. She wants to make it big in the music
business, so she leaves her horrible foster home, rescues
her younger half-sister, Simone (Brittany O'Grady, who's
also a great singer), and she meets up with another young
woman, Alexandra (Ryan Destiny), that she met online who
writes great music. They form a girl group after tracking
down an older woman named Carlotta, their godmother (Queen
Latifah). Although the girls have no formal training,
they write and sing great music as well as dance and are
really pretty and sexy. Most of the people in the cast
are attractive and sexy. This is definitely an eye candy
show with good music.
I won't say this is a "good" show, but I find it very
enjoyable, at least, based on the first episode. I'm sure
many people will try to compare it to "Empire," which is
also a musical soap opera on FOX about a family in hip hop.
"Empire" definitely is written better. The drama is great,
the plot weaves around and surprises you, and the characters
are very compelling. Also, the music is good. "Empire" and
"Star" are both created and produced by Lee Daniels, but
this one is also with writer Tom Donaghy.
"Star" has much more likable characters. I have a problem
with "Empire" because the main protagonist, Lucious, killed
someone in the first episode. His ex-wife Cookie isn't much
better. They're all just awful people, so that makes
it hard for me to watch. The characters in "Star," by
contrast, are not nearly as bad.
It's true that the titual character does try to murder
someone in the first episode, but that person deserves it,
and she was defending her little sister, so it's justified.
There are many characters in the show, so it remains to be
seen who's really bad and who's not, but so far, no one
stands out as being really bad yet. Carlotta definitely
doesn't like or trust Jahil (Benjamin Bratt), a talent
manager who's seen better days. He was the manager of
Carlotta's former girl group with Star's mother, Mary.
He's definitely sleazy, since he meets Star at a strip club,
but otherwise, we don't know yet what he's really like.
Like most shows these days, it has very diverse characters.
Jahil is Latino. Most of the cast is black, except for Star,
who's white, and Simone, who's half-white. They have a
transgender girl and a person who may be gay (I was having
trouble with understanding some of the dialogue, so I'm not
I will definitely keep watching this show to see if I still
like it. I would say it's not very realistic. I was a foster
kid and knew many foster kids. They are generally abused or
neglected by their parents, so they're not usually so driven
and confident like Star. I'm not sure anyone who's had that
kind of upbringing is that driven. Usually someone like that
has had at least one good role model in their life or
someone who believes in them, so that they can learn to
believe in his or herself. Star would be very insecure
in real life, and/or have many anger issues. In fact, she
kind of reminds me a little bit of this girl Annie I knew,
who used sex and anger to get her way. She was not
particularly talented or driven, though. She was sort
of self-defeating, in fact.
Now, Simone, Star's sister, is a lot like many abused kids,
who've turned to drugs, but the way they have her doing so
many drugs and so much drinking, it seemed very fast and I
wonder how they're going to handle how fast she falls.
The third woman just seems a bit spoiled and wanting to get
out of the shadow of her famous dad. We don't know much
about her yet.
I love Queen Latifah, and the other actors are good, and the
music is pretty good, so it's worth hanging in there, even
though it's just a fun musical fantasy and not very
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